I have been prescribed tramadol for the kind of arthritis that occurs after breaking bones. I forget the type of arthritis but I can always tell when I've forgotten to take it because of the deep aching I experience reminding me where all the fractures once were. So yes, it works for arthritis. It concerns me though that once one starts tramadol on a regular basis, it can't be stopped without going through terrible physical problems. The withdrawal is very debilitating and body-wide. My doctors keep prescribing it and I take it because it works but I have heard from my pharmacy that this has now become a "schedule 4" controlled substance. That new change makes me a bit worried that my doctors are going to suddenly think twice about refilling my prescription.
I've been through the withdrawal before and since I have learned of this new restriction, I am now researching ways to ease withdrawal JUST IN CASE, my doctor decides to suddenly stop filling my prescription. My experience with withdrawal in the past was bad enough to lead me to take three a day instead of my allowed 4 JUST IN CASE I am stuck having to deal with withdrawal again because of a doctor suddenly cutting me off. Doing so has helped me stockpile a reserve to protect myself and take care of myself in case I have to wean myself off. Doctors don't often care about what the patient has to go through once they leave that little room or get off the phone. Their first concern seems to be covering their own butts. A neurologist I saw recently (whom I have since dropped) proceeded to tell me that his office is different because of how much he CARES about patients... as he RUSHED through the appointment and I found myself finishing my questions about his instructions with him standing in the hallway trying to leave the room while I was still in the exam room with my notebook trying to write down his instructions he spit out so quickly. The time with the doctor was under five minutes yet the waiting room time was an hour. I'm thinking of figuring out a way to wean myself off of everything because I am sick of seeing the worsening hypocrisy in the health care industry.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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